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Josh Hill, Jimmy Graham, and Can You Handcuff a TE?

 Josh Hill, TE

With Jimmy Graham missing from OTAs,1 Josh Hill has been getting first team work. Here’s the money quote:

…as far as what we are installing and what we are doing, it’s not changing,” Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael said.

So theoretically, if Graham misses time, the Saints will be running the same playbook. That means that Hill would be the likely beneficiary. I profiled Hill here and found that he had good speed and explosion, but he rates very poorly on Jon Moore’s Weight Adjusted Agility metric. Still, he does have some favorable comps and gets a favorable RotoWorld blurb, too.

He’s arguably an oversized WR (6’5″, 229 lbs) rather than a TE, but his height and explosion (10’7″ broad jump) make him an intriguing red zone option. Take a look at his results from the Freak Score calculator:

Player Ht Wt 40 Freak Score
J.Hill 77 229 4.66 61

That’s not a world beating score, but it is above average for a WR (the model is trained on WRs, rather than TEs).

It’s worth noting too that the Saints have over $142 million in cap commitments for next season. Hill is just the sort of cheap player that, if he produces, will be able to stick around and make an impact. He’s worth keeping an eye on in deep dynasty leagues.

  1. Is he a receiver? A TE? What will the arbitrator rule? Tune in, as the NFL Turns.  (back)

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